An image from 'Excessocenus' by Cristina de Middel and Bruno Morais

Creative photography by emerging artists

The 5th edition of the Art Photo BCN festival and fair is here and based mainly at Escola Massana, though with events at many other venues.

he aim of Art Photo BCN is to help the public to get in touch with the work of emerging creators and is backed by the Art Deal Project, the Barcelona Institute of Culture (ICUB) and Barcelona City Council, who all hope that it, “will be a turning point in the trajectory of the creators and serve to promote their work on the international circuit".

Courses, workshops, specialised sessions, round tables and exhibitions on emerging photography all form part of the Art Photo BCN programme scheduled for 4 to 6 May at Escola Massana and other venues, with three days of non-stop action from 10 in the morning until late in the evening. We will highlight some of the proposals here, but recommend that you consult the programme for specific details. As part of the opening celebrations, Friday 4 May sees the presentation of the project that won the previous edition of the festival, titled Como Dios manda by Gema Polanco. On Saturday 5th, an intensive course titled Autoria personal. Claus per fer un projecte fotogràfic will be led by Jesús Micó. Noon on Sunday 6th features a roundtable discussion on the incursion of new photographers into the artistic circuit, while in the afternoon, among other activities, there will be a viewing workshop and the presentation of Niñorojo's photobook The Tree of Life is Eternally Green. In addition, in the exhibition space you'll find the work of fifteen exhibitors and a stand featuring consolidated invited photographers, in this case Cristina de Middel and Bruno Morais, both of whom are currently exhibiting their installation Excessocenus at the Photo Colectania Foundation.

Beyond its base at Escola Massana, the festival/fair will be branching out to other venues in the city: during April a collective exhibition already took place at the Centre Civic Guinardó with the participation of four photographers. At La Farinera del Clot, also since April and in this case until 12 May, you can see an exhibition by Juan Margolles titled Túria, no es pot creuar dues vegades el mateix riu. Margolles was the winner of the first edition of Art Photo BCN. But there's more: on 4 May at 6pm, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge will host a roundtable discussion titled Col·leccionar fotografies. Noves realitats i reptes. At Centre Civic Can Basté you have until 9 June to catch the exhibition Alma by Shinji Nagabe, winner of the third edition of Art Photo Barcelona, while Infancias by Anita Licis and Ana Frechilla will be at Centre Civic Sagrada Familia until 31 May. Marta Bisbal, who sees photography as a form of contemplation, and a vital way of approaching and discovering one's surroundings, will present her project Kosmos at the Centre Civic Albareda from 3 to 31 May. Related to this exhibition, on 19 May, the civic centre will host an activity featuring free dance and improvisation.

Additional information is available at the following link.

Publication date: Tuesday, 01 May 2018
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